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Renato Balsadonna

Chorus director


Renato Balsadonna is the Chorus Director for the Royal Opera Chorus. He joined the Company in 2004 and has since prepared the Royal Opera Chorus for all their productions with The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet. He was the second conductor in Birtwistle's The Minotaur, conducted the Chorus at the 2012 'Our Extraordinary World' gala in celebration of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and in 2014 conducted I due Foscari on the main stage. He has led the Chorus in choral concerts at St Paul's Covent Garden, in the Paul Hamlyn Hall and for Insight evenings with the Royal Opera House's Learning and Participation Department.

Balsadonna was born in Venice and studied philosophy, piano and composition. He worked as a répétiteur in Italy before becoming Assistant Chorus Master in Basle and later at La Monnaie, Brussels. He was appointed Chorus Director at La Monnaie in 1997 under Antonio Pappano and later joined Pappano at The Royal Opera.

Balsadonna's engagements away from the Company have included conducting Don Quichotte for Grange Park Opera, assisting Norbert Balatsch at the Bayreuth Festival, and appearances as a guest conductor with Frankfurt Opera Chorus, BBC Singers, Netherlands Radio Choir, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Chorus and the Grant Park Festival Chorus, Chicago. He has participated in numerous recordings for EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics, Opera Rara and Chandos. Balsadonna regularly conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.


News and features

The ‘deep humanity and dark colour’ of Verdi’s I due Foscari

The ‘deep humanity and dark colour’ of Verdi’s I due Foscari

21 October 2014

Chorus Director Renato Balsadonna on conducting his first opera at the Royal Opera House.